Listen to the Podcast
- 2:25 – Who is frail and what is frailty
- 3:05 – Not an illness but a geriatric syndrome
- 3:38 – Frailty is a transitional stage
- 4:30 – How to measure or screen frailty (Fried 2001)
- 7:58 – How to choose a frailty scale
- 10:41 – Prevalence of frailty (WHO shows India has highest)
- 12:23 – Findings of 6 studies on frailty in India
- 14:16 – The need for proper strategies on frailty
- 16:00 – What intervention should be done
- 18:15 – Questions
Sayani Das is presently doing her Ph.D. in Anthropology from Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata, India. Her doctoral research work is focused on elderly health among the rural elderly population of West Bengal. She also completed her M.Phil. in Anthropology from the University of Delhi, Delhi. During M.Phil. days, gerontology evoked her keen interest, and she worked on the elderly population of Haryana, North India.
Sayani’s research work is based on frailty syndrome among community-dwelling older adults. In India, only a handful of studies have focused exclusively on this aspect, but she believes that from the viewpoint of future demographic changes in India there is an urgent need to examine all the consequences and pathways of this geriatric syndrome.